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Ecco Motors
Scott Lightsey

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Registered:
04/15/2019 05:29PM

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Re: Introduce Yourself Here!
Posted by: Ecco Motors
Date: April 15, 2019 07:17PM

Hey, I'm Scott
Originally a Japanese motorcycle tech then a German car tech and again to a Japanese car tech and owner of a couple of Auto Service Center businesses of 25 years. 15 years ago I took a sharp turn and opened a Golf Car dealership that was inspired from building an electric car in 1997 that would do 110 mph and a 14.2 Quarter Mile.

I thought i was done with real cars until recently where the itch for something new to do came back. After 40 years of twisting wrenches and owning various businesses. I thought it would be slightly insane and enjoyable to finally have my private hobby shop and rebuild a car or two. Thus became the birth of the OFRC (Old Farts Restoration Club) or OFC or OFR for short, of which there are only two members. Myself and another insane car guy.

To start up the OFC my buddy and I bought a couple of nice Spitfires, under the influence of his history with Mini's, MG's, TR6's etc. From there I was quickly introduced to the British car consortium of equally insane gear-heads. Now I'm finding there are just as many British car fanatics as there is creative minds. So we're in the process frame off restoring these beautiful but powerless cars. But as power nut, I need to tap into the depths of veteran British car enthusiast minds to assist me in keeping it real. What i'm finding is that putting a small V8 into a Spitfire is not as insane as I thought, and other gear-heads have succeeded. Can't wait to go beyond the ho hum and build this rockin Spit.

Hope to meet some of your guys!
Scott


Tac-D
Jim Meeks
Tampa, FL
(4 posts)

Registered:
04/25/2019 02:43PM

Main British Car:
1975 Triumph TR6 Ford 302

Re: Introduce Yourself Here!
Posted by: Tac-D
Date: April 25, 2019 02:53PM

Hello all.

My TR story begins in 1988. I was 15 years old. My father picked me up at the bus stop in a 1975 mimosa yellow TR6.
I was so excited! Dad bought me a car!

He drove me home, and quickly let me know this was HIS car. Heíd had MGís growing up, but always liked the TR series, and now heíd finally had enough time and money to make his dream a reality.

But this was no ordinary TR6. The fellow heíd bought it from was midway through a V8 conversion. Ford 302, Holley 4 barrel, side pipes, etc.

I never found out why the previous owner gave up on it, but dad was thrilled that he had.

So, the car ran well enough, but dad loved to tinker. He was always good at engine repair and brake jobs, so he tore it completely down, and rebuilt it back up. That motor sounded so nice.

He went nuts on catalog stuff (no internet then) and we got packages weekly with TR badges and shift knobs and the like.

Shortly after, he ordered a kit car, fashioned after an early model Austin Healey, for when he was done with the TR. I guess the bug had bitten him hard.

It was a fun summer. Then life got in the way. For the next few years, heíd go into his detached garage and work on something. He never had the patience to teach me how or why, and in truth, I wouldnít have been a good student then.

Then he just stopped. Too many other things to do. Wouldnít have time to drive it, let alone work on it.

I tried many times through my mid-twenties to have the heavy lifting done for him. We knew lots of mechanics and body work guys, some even concourse quality. All of them offered to work on for free or close to it, just to work on something unusual.

ďLet these guys work on the transmission, bang out the dents, upholster it, rewire it. Iíll handle it all, and you can work on the parts you like!Ē

Nah, they wonít do it right, then Iíll have to re-do it anyhow.

ďOk, dad. If you change your mind...Ē

"I wonít."

He didnít.

So, I moved away, finished college and got a job 5 hours from home. I saw dad several times a year and occasionally asked about it. Project creep had sunk in, and after tearing the wiring and interior out of the car, he didnít have the time or patience to put it back together.

He could get the engine running, if he ran a fuel line to a gas can, but that was about it.

And thatís how she sat for another 10 years.

Then mom got sick. Any chance of that TR6 coming to life were put on the back burner, permanently.

Mom held on for about 8 years, with dad working so hard to take care of his business, the house and her. Too much for two people, but dad managed to hold it together by himself. Too proud to ask for help, or accept it, if given unsolicited.

At this point, Iím married with 2 kids, and had moved back to town to help dad transition out of the business and begin running it myself.

More than once I tried to sneak the car out to those friends who could have restored that TR6 for him, but he would always find out and stop me.

After mom died, and he entered semi-retirement, I tried one last time to have the heavy lifting done for him. One last no.

He traded in momís car and bought a Corvette. I guess his TR dream ended that day.

Dad died August 15, 2018.

Iím an only child, so everything after that fell to me.

I now had a 1 year old Corvette with less than 4,000 miles on it.

But it was never dadís car. The TR6 was dadís car.

I decided that day that I would fix dadís car. The way he wanted it. The way I wanted it for him.

I sold that Corvette, and I will use the proceeds to return that TR6 to better than new condition.

Thatís what brought me here today.

Thanks for reading.


ex-tyke
Graham Creswick
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
(1057 posts)

Registered:
10/25/2007 11:17AM

Main British Car:
1976 MGB Ford 302

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Re: Introduce Yourself Here!
Posted by: ex-tyke
Date: April 26, 2019 10:27AM

A powerful story - glad that you had the tenacity to stick with your dream!


Dan B
Dan Blackwood
South Charleston, WV
(966 posts)

Registered:
11/06/2007 01:55PM

Main British Car:
1966 TR4A, 1980 TR7 Multiport EFI MegaSquirt on the TR4A. Lexus V8 pl

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Re: Introduce Yourself Here!
Posted by: Dan B
Date: April 26, 2019 02:55PM

Submit that story to Moss Motoring, Jim. Do you think you can make it to Wytheville for this yearís meet? You donít have to bring the car.


Tac-D
Jim Meeks
Tampa, FL
(4 posts)

Registered:
04/25/2019 02:43PM

Main British Car:
1975 Triumph TR6 Ford 302

Re: Introduce Yourself Here!
Posted by: Tac-D
Date: April 29, 2019 01:51PM

Thanks for the kind words.

In regards to Wytheville, my wife has been really good about my new obsession hobby, but it may be a bit hard to convince her to let me come to a car show sans car. Rain check for next summer? Should be done well before then.


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5762 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Introduce Yourself Here!
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: April 29, 2019 02:07PM

Well, see that's just the thing. If you come to the meet (it really isn't a show btw) then you get the chance to look at all the different ways owners have dealt with every detail of their conversions. There is simply no way you can acquire so much specialized knowledge so fast as to come. And there will be plenty of owners willing to take you and your wife along on drives. One or two may even be driving sedans so you won't have to split up. Believe me, you'd be far from the only ones to attend one of these meets that way, and to my knowledge nobody has ever regretted it. I'm in that group as well. First meet I ever went to was the Champaign meet with my wife and infant son and my car was in pieces in the garage in the middle of getting its 3rd V8. (or was it the 4th?)

Jim


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2592 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Introduce Yourself Here!
Posted by: rficalora
Date: April 29, 2019 11:01PM

That's exactly what I did before I started my project. Invaluable learnings and have developed great friendships too. I highly recommend it.

And, even some of us who's cars are on the road* sometimes still come without them. I'm one of those this year because a good buddy's daughter is getting married in TX on the 1st day of the meet. The meet would be over by the time I got there if I tried driving this year.

*No Ralph, it's still not "finished", but it is still a hoot every time I drive it!!



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Tac-D
Jim Meeks
Tampa, FL
(4 posts)

Registered:
04/25/2019 02:43PM

Main British Car:
1975 Triumph TR6 Ford 302

Re: Introduce Yourself Here!
Posted by: Tac-D
Date: April 30, 2019 02:53PM

Well, I'm sold. Let's see if that works on the boss.

Here's some pictures of the car as it was around 1986. Forgive the picture quality.

triumph1.jpg

triumph3.jpg

triumph6.jpg

triumph8.jpg


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3639 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Introduce Yourself Here!
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: April 30, 2019 03:18PM

I drove a stock 4 cylinder MGB to to first 3 Meets I attended starting in 1998. Wasn't a whole lot of internet info back then. The Meets are an accelerated crash course in all things conversion.


kstevusa
kelly stevenson
Southern Middle Tennessee
(909 posts)

Registered:
10/25/2007 09:37AM

Main British Car:
2003 Jaguar XK8 Coupe 4.2L DOHC/ VVT / 6sp. AT

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Re: Introduce Yourself Here!
Posted by: kstevusa
Date: April 30, 2019 04:51PM

Yes Jim, come on down and join us! The car is not a requirement. My B was a 4 cyl, also. Went to Townsend Tn to a meet and got started by looking at various cars and meeting people. Drove to 1st meet in 2005 in Terra Haute, Ind. Made LIFETIME Friends.
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